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This review is from: Unseen Academicals: (Discworld Novel 37) (Hardcover)
What only three stars?
Yep. It's good, but there are about 20 better ones to read first. It is nicely written and has the usual gentle humour shot through it. What it doesn't have is much plot. At all. If Mr. Pratchett's editor is reading this, please get tougher! There are some lovely themes, characters and events. Just not much in the way of actual story. There is a game of football and Nutt is revealed. That's your lot. Some tired themes here too, Nutt is introduced as a Gobliln, a horrible monster that people hate, so that means that he is not horrible at all. How did we guess? It would be nice to have a proper monster now and again, its all a bit PC sometimes. Mr Nutts origins turn out to be an anti-climax, although it does lead to a nice gag when he confronts the crowd, even if you can see it coming three streets away. The two stories are poorly connected to boot.
Liked it though. At the end of the day, nice one.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2010 09:46:46 GMT
Drama Critic ... says:
Pretty much agree with that. The book is generally rather rambling and self-indulgent - it's not 'bad' by any means, it's good, but it's one of Terry's 'less good' books. I also didn't find the characters of Juliet or Glenda particularly interesting, Nutt and Trevor were far more entertaining.
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